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People often assume that they’ll have plenty of advanced warning if a natural disaster is going to strike. Based on that assumption, few people plan ahead for the worst.
If you live in North Carolina, you need to prepare your family and your home for a truly frightening array of natural disasters. Because if you prepare, there’s nothing to be frightened of. And if you do end up taking on damage, there’s always All Dry USA to help clean up after the mess.
North Carolina is one of the most beautiful states in the U.S., with a stunning seashore, rows of lush mountains, and plenty of cities for the hustle and bustle type. Unfortunately, all that goodness comes with its own drawbacks in the form of a unique vulnerability to violent acts of nature.
From drought, wildfires, and landslides, to winter storms, hurricanes, and floods, there’s a lot to keep your eyes peeled for. The state of North Carolina offers some exhaustive resources to help residents stay in the know, but in this guide, we’re going to give a brief overview of what you can do to prepare.
Drought isn’t only caused by extreme heat, so don’t think you’re in the clear if it’s been balmy. Dry conditions can lead to wildfires, crop failure, and worse.
The west coast is more prone to earthquakes than the east coast. At least, that’s true of bad ones. Earthquakes still do strike North Carolina from time to time, and here’s how you should respond.
North Carolina is known for its beautiful mountains, but in fact, just as many residents live at sea level as live above it. For those folks, flash flood preparedness is essential.
Science shows us that hurricanes are only getting more dangerous due to climate change. The American Eastern seaboard is particularly vulnerable to savage hurricanes and the deadly debris their gale-force winds kick up.
Landslides can occur anywhere there are hills; they don’t just happen in the mountains. Rainfall and heat alike can contribute to a loosening in sediment, which means landslides are more likely, but you can protect yourself.
Though not necessarily as dangerous as hurricanes, regular thunder and lightning storms are nothing to joke about. Temperatures can plummet, hail can beat up your house, and those thunder cracks will scare your pets.
North Carolina may not be in tornado alley, but you still need to prepare in case a tornado touches down in your area, because it does happen. Keep in mind that peak tornado season in N.C. is April through May.
Traditionally, tsunamis only occur in the Pacific Ocean, where the waters are warmer, and the wind patterns are different. Now, there is a threat of tsunamis washing up on the east coast, and there are several things you can do to be prepared.
Extreme heat is a natural emergency all on its own, but it can also cause wildfires, which cause millions of dollars in property damage every year. Safeguard against them in these ways.
Winter storms require vastly different preparation than thunderstorms and hurricanes. North Carolina can get extremely cold, and snow, sleet, and hail are common. All this requires specific actions before and during winter storms.
Each natural disaster poses its own unique dangers, but there are certain precautions you can take that are helpful in the case of any natural disaster. The most important thing to do is start preparing before you have any indication a disaster will strike. Because the truth is, the vast majority of time, people don’t have advanced warning, and are very glad if they were ready ahead of time.
A disaster plan includes a plotting of escape routes by car and by foot, a list of supplies you’ll want on hand, figures that illustrate how long your supplies will last, the phone numbers of friends, loved ones, and emergency centers, and a list of important documents you’ll want to grab if you have time.
If you’re worried about what to put in your kit, this official guide to kit building from the Department of Homeland Security is a great start. The essential items include:
You never know when a wave will come crashing through the window and flood your computer, or a lightning storm will cut off your power in the middle of important work.
Back up all your important information, documents, photos, and the like both digitally, via the cloud, and on a hard disk.
Power outages are common during natural disasters. If you keep portable batteries on hand, you’ll at least have cell power to last a few hours, if not days.
Groundwater can get polluted quickly during hurricanes and other storms. Pipes can also burst, cutting off water access completely. Fill your bathtub with clean drinking water, or even fill plastic bags with filtered water for later use.
The most common type of natural disaster that occurs in North Carolina is hurricanes, closely followed by seasonal storms and winter storms. While you shouldn’t slack in your preparations for these disasters, be extra sure you’ve storm-proofed your home, rounded up the necessary rations, and have a local shelter in mind.
Absolutely. Check with your state and local governments, and they can most likely put you on a notification list for forecasted occurrences like hurricanes and droughts. For other types, like flash floods and wildfires, the warning may be more sudden, within hours or even minutes.
All Dry USA performs all sorts of disaster cleanup jobs in the interior of properties. From mold removal to fire and water damage restoration, we’ve got you covered. Call today to see what ADU can do for you.
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